Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Paleo, THM Friendly, Dairy free & Gluten Free)


Ingredients
  • 1 Egg 
  • 1 Cup of Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
  • 6 TBSP of Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet or 3 TBSP of THM Sweet Blend (Alternatives to THM Gentle Sweet include: 1 cup of Xylitol or Erythritol or a mix of the two, Swerve; Alternatives instead of THM Sweet Blend, include Truvia or any other stevia blend) This replaces what would be 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1/4 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice (this can be left out if desired but adds a nice flavor)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups of Chocolate Chips (for THM followers 60% cocoa +, Lily's Chips, Enjoy Life Chips-Paleo friendly option considered a THM crossover 
  • 1/2 cup of nuts *Optional
DIRECTIONS:
Pre-Heat oven: 400 Degrees, 
Mix Pumpkin, Sweetener, Egg & Coconut oil  together well. Then add the rest of the dry ingredients and  mix together nicely. Fold in the nuts and  chocolate chips. Fill Muffin Liners 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Tip: when using gluten free flours that contain coconut flour or entirely coconut flour, coconut will suck up moisture. So adding a little more pumpkin or an egg or two, or some that follow THM trying greek yogurt. You are after a texture of slightly softer than cookie dough texture for these muffins :)
When baking these as muffins they won't puff up huge like a regular muffin, they will a little and have the same nice texture of a muffin.
 

*Edited this to add my friend that is following a Paleo diet tried this recipe and used just coconut flour in her's, this dough is versatile enough you could even turn it into a cookie. She does not time her recipes :) so I would start with 8-10 and see how they are if baking as a cookie.
Before Bakinng

This recipe makes 24 muffins. 
After Baking, a perfect texture

Both my girls and husband loved these! I have newly started Trim Healthy Mama and I am trying to learn new recipes lately and these were excellent! They are so good you wouldn't even know they were sugar free! I used Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet, it has little to no aftertaste at all, even my husband agrees. For those using THM sweet blend, there can sometimes be a slight stevia aftertaste, but not over powering. Gentle Sweet has been the best to bake with for me. You can also make your own Gentle Sweet by mixing one cup of Xylitol with one cup of THM Super sweet blend, pulse in a blender for a little bit to mix it together and then store it in a jar or container. You can also buy all the components of Super Sweet Blend and entire make your own Gentle Sweet as well. 


Here is a Handy Trim Healthy Mama Sweetener Conversation Chart

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tips & Tricks that will save you HOURS canning tomato sauce

I have been canning for several years now. Tomato sauce is not something I perfected over night. A lot of trial and error has gone into learning how to make the perfect tomato sauce. :) I am constantly learning new methods and this weekend I learned a tip that was pretty amazing! I will take you step by step through my tomato sauce canning process and share the tips along the way as well as equipment that can be very useful during the process.

Here is a guide that I have used over the years to refer to when canning tomato sauce, it is a USDA approved recipe as well. pickyourown.org Canning Tomato Sauce


There are a couple pieces of equipment that are a great investment if you plan to can sauce for years to come, not only tomato sauce but applesauce and other things as well! The one thing you can't do with this veggie strainer is berries, screen and parts can be destroyed over time from the seeds. Another option is the hand cranking Victorio-VKP250-Strainer-Sauce-Maker Victorio sells motors to add on as an optional feature VICTORIO-VKP250-M-Strainer-Electric-Accessory. There are also a variety of screens options with Victorio, so you can do berries if you own the correct screen. I am fortunate to have a Kitchen Aid Mixer with a meat grinder attachment & Veggie Strainer and it's more than paid for itself over the years. If you would like to purchase one for yourself here is a link KitchenAid-Attachment-Vegetable-Strainer-with/Meat Grinder or if you already own the Meat Grinder attachment KitchenAid-Vegetable-Strainer Parts with out/Meat Grinder With this attachment I am able to completely skip the removal of tomato skins. I chop my tomatoes into chunks and scoop out the seeds and water. I then run them through the veggie strainer, I then take the contents out of the waste bowl and run it through the veggie strainer one more time as there is still often a good amount of pulp left. After the second run through the strainer it is pretty much just skins that are left behind. We usually compost that. 

Freshly Sauced Tomatoes (in my 6 quart Crock Pot insert)
You can cook your sauce down in a pot or leave it in your crock pot on low over night like I did. The water will boil off in the pot over several hours and in the crock pot the water separates from the sauce. You can crack the lid of your crock pot open and that will help the water to escape some. 

This weekend upon browsing a Canning Group I am in on facebook some ladies were helping a lady who had waaaaay to much water in her jars of sauce and it completely separated, 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar was water and the sauce had floated to the top.  A couple of experienced canners gave a really neat tip! This tip will literally save hours of time when reducing your freshly sauced tomatoes into a nice tomato sauce consistency. So upon waking up this morning to check on my sauce, I thought I would try this method myself and I was amazed at the amount of water I successfully separated from my sauce!  

Take a paper towel (Brawny or Costco's Kirkland brand seem to work best) double or triple the thickness. I tripled the thickness of it, so it took a minute to soak the towel. Gently press a few times until  you see water filter through the paper towel.
The sauce is thick enough it will not penetrate through the paper towel but the water will. This was a genius idea and in a matter of 15-20 minutes I successfully separated a lot of water from my sauce!

This is my 4.5 Quart Kitchen Aid mixing bowl! Almost completely full of water! Isn't that amazing!? My family thought it was :) We took this juice and put it out in the compost pile as well.  And below is the finished product! Sauce that is reduced and ready to can. So it reduced by a little more than half after cooking & removing the water.

I hope these tips & tricks have been helpful! This paper towel trick I will continue to use as I am completely sold on it now. If anyone has any questions feel free to comment below and thanks for reading...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Mexican Dip

Courtesy of my Father in Law from a gathering that he attended, he passed on the recipe for me to try and it was pretty good, so I thought I would share with everyone :)

Mexican Dip
Ingredients
  • 1-Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1-Large can Refried Beans
  • Sour Cream
  • 1-can Green Chilies(or 2 small cans)
  • 1-bottle Southwest Ranch salad dressing
  • 1-medium onion
  • 1-bottle Creamy Garlic salad dressing
  • 4-Plum or 2 medium sized tomatoes 
  • Pace Salsa
  • Grated Cheese

Directions:
Mix packet of Taco Seasoning with a large can of Refried Beans. Spread this mixture on a serving plate. Cover bean mixture with a layer of sour cream. Scatter a large can of chopped, drained green chilies as next layer. Apply a layer of Southwest Ranch salad dressing. Chop a medium onion finely and apply as the next layer. Apply a layer of Creamy Garlic salad dressing over the onions. Dice 4 plum tomatoes and scatter as next layer. Use the Pace (hot) thick salsa as the next layer over the tomatoes. Spread the grated cheese over the top as last layer. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers of your choice.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Let's look at the Legal Ramifications: Whether you are FOR or AGAINST today's Supreme Court ruling on Marriage..

I am sharing my thoughts along with the thoughts and quotes of others to explain the concept of what a marriage license is. Sadly this is a foreign concept to many and was even foreign to myself at one time also.

I will only briefly touch on my moral feelings as I want to maintain the focus of this blog post mainly on the legal ramifications. But I do share below to be transparent and simply help understand where I am coming from. So even if you support the supreme court ruling that occurred today. Please at least hear me out on the legal precedents as well as the case law I share to hopefully help illustrate why I have concerns with further invasion into our marriage(s) by our government and the judicial system...

I will start by sharing, as a newly engaged and then newly married young lady, my mother in law would attempt to explain to me the legal implications of a marriage license so I would take that into consideration. It would be years later that I finally began to understand the concepts she was referring to as I began to take a deeper look. Implications of a marriage license that she herself would learn about while studying in paralegal classes at LSU.

Do you realize that a marriage license is a legally binding contract not only between you and your spouse, but the state as an equal partner? Yes, the STATE being an equal partner. Do you think the government has the right or privilege to be that involved into your every day lives? to that degree??? Despite the fact they(the state) did nothing to contribute to the quality and sacredness of your marital union?? The Government doesn't even necessarily share the same religious values you do (no matter what religion you are!). Yet here we are today with that reality, and people celebrating marriage licenses expanded to homosexuals in all 50 states. Do you know that once you have children, the state also considers your children their property according to case law, as they(the state) are equal contract holders in your marriage? I bet the majority of you may not realize that...

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Samuel Adams

That is why even some homosexuals themselves (yes they are in the minority) have even at times spoken out against the government defining marriage or the family. *Editing this to add, that even Pro-Homosexual marriage & Libertarian John Stossel has recently said  "Look, I’m for gay marriage, but I think this movement has moved from tolerance to totalitarianism — it’s the totalitarianism of the left"

I have no business into your home or your bedroom that is between you and God; if you believe in him or not, and it's certainly not the business of the Government. How can we celebrate further enslavement? Because I hate to break it to you, that is exactly what it is. The second we have to ask the Government for permission to our rights, we have already lost them; let alone allowing them to make religious definitions of marriage for us.

Why can't we have Respect for all religions, like our Constitution sought to give? Respect for those who peacefully & morally object in addition to those who morally accept? Instead we have Religious freedom of the Status Quo only. I don't personally hate homosexuals, but I don't morally agree with it either because of the faith my family adheres to. But! I would never disrespect a homosexual, I was taught to love people as human beings and treat them on an individual basis... I refuse to teach my children to hate, but they will be taught the morality of our faith and can chose as adults to discern what is right and wrong.

Religious freedom of the Status quo alone is NOT true equality. I think there needs to be some middle ground or how about like our Constitution gurantees, the Freedom of Religion for all? My faith also teaches we have a free will and not be ashamed and let our lights shine. I am not trying to shove my faith down anyone's throat either. But asking me to accept and have "tolerance" when there is no tolerance for my own faith? But again I am veering off the subject, so I will leave my personal feelings at that, I would be lying to say I don't have a moral objection. It's not my job or let alone the governments job to issue marriage licenses however!

Let's look deeper and more closely into the consequences of expanding marriage licenses. We all have our own moral feelings, but legally take a look at what this really means... You may not be rejoicing nearly as much when realizing the legal implications...

For the record, had I been given the choice I would not have gotten a marriage license in hindsight and I would have gotten a Covenant marriage instead, which = zero government involvement and the state is not included as an equal partner contractually on the certificate. Only the two individuals that enter into a legal covenant are the parties legally bound to one another in other words, but it is only legally accepted in some states.

Below I will share sources and case law to help explain more thoroughly what a marriage license really is. These are not words of my own.


Courts do not offer “judgment”, only “opinion”. The justices (not judges) of the “Supreme Court” as well offer nothing but opinion, which then becomes what the BAR association considers to be “Public Policy” or public opinion. The BAR copyrights these opinions then misleadingly calls it the “law”.
The side effect of being a consenting citizen of the United States (corporation) is that these copyrighted codes are applied to you with what the U.S.CODE itself calls Prima Facie law (law which derives its authority from presumed consent). Therefore, all branches of government technically operate under presumed law, meaning that the consent of the governed is automatically assumed in all legal matters and decisions based on court opinion.
This, unfortunately, applies to all contracts made with or on behalf of the state…
And one of those contracts is called a “Marriage License“.
Yours and your spouses signature on that state-sanctioned and federally registered document signifies a consent-based contract between all three parties – you, your spouse, and the “State“.
But don’t take my word for it… Let’s see what the court system offers in their opinion about this subject?
First, lets visit an Illinois Appellate Court judgment from 1997:
Appellate Court of Illinois, NO. 5-97-0108:
Marriage is a civil contract to which there are three parties-the husband, the wife and the state.
Van Koten v. Van Koten. 154 N.E. 146.
Continued…
…When two people decide to get married, they are required to first procure a license from the State. If they have children of this marriage, they are required by the State to submit their children to certain things, such as school attendance and vaccinations. Furthermore, if at some time in the future the couple decides the marriage is not working, they must petition the State for a divorce. Marriage is a three-party contract between the man, the woman, and the State
Linneman v. Linneman, 1 Ill. App. 2d 48, 50, 116 N.E.2d 182, 183 (1953), citing Van Koten v. Van Koten, 323 Ill. 323, 326, 154 N.E. 146 (1926).
The State represents the public interest in the institution of marriage.
Linneman, 1 Ill. App. 2d at 50, 116 N.E.2d at 183 (1953).
Continued…
This public interest is what allows the State to intervene in certain situations to protect the interests of members of the family.   The State is like a silent partner in the family who is not active in the everyday running of the family but becomes active and exercises its power and authority only when necessary to protect some important interest of family life.   Taking all of this into consideration, the question no longer is whether the State has an interest or place in disputes such as the one at bar, but it becomes a question of timing and necessity.
Also, this case law states…
The state has a wide range of power for limiting parental freedom and authority in things affecting the child’s welfare… In fact, the entire familial relationship involves the State.
Prince, 321 U.S. at 167, 64 S.Ct. at 442, 88 L.Ed. 645.
(SOURCE: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/il-court-of-appeals/1486817.html)

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Now Digest that Case law above and really thoroughly think about the implications of a Marriage License. This may not be "close to home" yet for you, but it very well could be one day. Look at the mandatory vaccination laws now set forth in California? If you don't adhere to them, the State has not only a legal interest as a vested member of your marriage contract, but also recently has the State law on their side to force medical procedures that aren't with out risk.

As we further erode our State Constitution and we further destroy our health care, our education as well as the parental and family rights that go along with all of those issues. We disrespect life! Not to mention let our government single-handedly destroy the Free Market!  What will we do as a society when the chains that we have placed upon us are more strictly enforced? To the point we are all forced to think of one mindset alone aka the status quo that completely forgets our individual liberty? our individual religious beliefs?

Whether you are rejoicing or not today and even disagree with my faith (yes you still have the right to that in America, for now...) please understand how further involving the government will not save you, but will only further enslave you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blueberry Smoothie - with Plant Head Protein

*Disclaimer: I was not paid to review Plant Head Protein Powder or
any of the other products mentioned in my recipe.

I have recently discovered Plant Head Protein and I am a big fan! It's GMO free as well as Soy free. A completely plant based protein powder. I have created a smoothie with it that tastes great and is full of antioxidants and really gives me a boost for several hours. 


Recipe:
  • 1/2 - 1/3 cup Blueberries (depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt (I like to use Strawberry or Blueberry Greek Gods Yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup almond/coconut milk (you can also use just almond, coconut, or cow's milk)
  • 1 scoop of Plant Head: Vanilla or Plain Protein Powder
  • 4-6 Ice Cubes
  • Optional* Garnish with Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Place all of the ingredients in the blender and blend till smooth and enjoy :)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Amy Grant Supports Open Eugenicists: by Alliance with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

Life News recently reported: Amy Grant Partner's with Pro-Abortion Gates Foundation 
Amy Grant's partnering organizations and public relations team have gone to great lengths to falsely try to paint her support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Pro-life in result.
Other big names such as Kay Warren wife of the pastor of the "Purpose Driven Church" a New Age Christian philosophy of watered down Prosperity Gospel; Natalie Grant and Michael W. Smith; big names in the Christian Music Industry have also jumped on board in this initiative. The common reoccurring theme with these individuals who chose to blindly align themselves with Eugenicists such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; is the style of Christianity they aspire to live based upon humanistic ideals; "Look at what I can do for others". It's no longer about truly ministering and meeting needs of others, it's about propping themselves up on a pedestal to feel important.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

  • 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Amy's social media PR recently shared an article on her facebook page to help paint a rosier picture of her partnership with those who have betrayed life, in attempts to propose these initiatives as Pro Life instead... Raising Our Voices for Health & Hope: The Faith Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers & Children Worldwide

No matter how you try to spin it, The Gates foundation are well known and Bills Gates himself is quite open about their philosophy in regards to humanity and how it should be controlled. Here are two short excerpts from a filmed TED presentation 5 years ago (Feb 2010) where he is quite honest about his Eugenic ideas.


Amy is no stranger to controversy as she caused an uproar to many of her fans back in the 80's when she chose to live her life in the spotlight as a Contemporary Christian Musical Artist and live as an adulteress at the same time. Lacking any sort of conviction or self reflection it was completely acceptable in her mind to run off with another man while married to her husband. Her fruits have been sour for quite a long time unfortunately.

Rather than redeem herself over the years, she has chosen to further align herself with an out of touch mainstream movement of Christianity that is farthest from the sincere faith of many believers who also share in outrage over this recent alliance between Amy Grant & the Gates Foundation. A blatant lack of purpose or conviction on Amy Grant's part yet again. 

A good friend shared this quote with me and it rings all to true with not only politicians seduced by the spotlight, but individuals such as Amy Grant who has embraced living life as a celebrity rather than staying true to the so called ministry she attempts to portray.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Amy Grant's social media PR is continuing to censor those who dare bring any truth about the Gate's family to the spotlight. Despite the fact it only takes a matter of minutes to uncover a lengthy history of the Gates family supporting organizations that don't value life or humanity.

Not to mention the lengthy involvement the Gates Foundation has had in relation to Common Core. Common Core completely contradicts the religious values of many families and faiths even beyond Christianity! Schools are not the place to be indoctrinating our children on how and what to believe. Amy Grant and many other so called Contemporary Christian Artists supposedly would like to portray these values yet continually leave us questioning the purity of their motives?

My personal comments were deleted and I have been permanently banned from Amy Grant's page; rather than offer any kind of answer to the questions of proposed by myself and many others across the US! Instead they hide behind social media. Amy Grant's PR may be able to shield themselves on Facebook, but the facts remain and you can't run from God!

If Amy was really focused on HELPING and SAVING lives she would distance herself as far as she could from Bill and Melinda Gates; or at the very least do some research. Controlled Genocide of the less desirable of society and individuals in third world nations; human beings who have just as much of a right to their lives as the rest of us is not ministering to people in need! Forced sterilization with out consent has also occurred on Bill Gate's watch & considered "doing humanity a favor". Who are we to play God!?
https://www.facebook.com/amygrant
If you would like to make your voice heard, I suggest you visit Amy Grant's page yourself and continue to ask questions to help shed light on the truth. Amy has a platform that could be used to truly reach out to the lost and instead is tainted by her choices from her past and recent choice to associate with evil. The argument in result of this accusation from the PR and individuals who blindly continue to follow Amy is that she had nothing to do with Bill Gate's and his wife former endeavors. However we all have to ask for ourselves, when you associate yourself with these kind of individuals you are in essence condoning evil and supporting it indirectly are you not? Despite whatever good intentions there may have been you Amy have sold out any sort of purpose or good intention you had to start with. Considering Amy's past I personally don't believe her intentions were good to begin with.

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